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Who To Tip During The Wedding


It can be hard to know who you are supposed to tip on your wedding day and who you are not. Here is your ultimate cheat sheet on which vendors you should be tipping.



When you are trying to figure out how much to tip each of the vendors at your wedding, tipping the catering company is one of the top vendors you wonder about. If the tip is not already included in their fees then you must tip them 15 to 20 percent of the food bill.


Wedding Planner:

Wedding planners do not typically receive tips. But if you feel that they are great then you could choose to tip them. Since not everyone has a wedding planner make sure you to tip them 10 to 20 percent of what they are charging you.


Photographer and Videographer:

When you are tipping your photographer or your videographer it will depend on if they own their own business or not. If they do own their business then no tip is necessary if they are a part of a corporation then tipping them $100 to $200 is a nice idea.


Ceremony Staff and Reception Staff:

The tipping for ceremony and reception staff may be different if you are at different venues, but both do not require a tip. If you feel the need to tip the staff $20 to $50 per person is a common tip.



Tipping your officiant depends on where your venue is. If your officiant is a part of a church or synagogue make sure to give them an additional donation of $100 to $300 dollars for their institution. The tip may be $50 to $100 if your officiant is a civil servant.


Hair and Makeup Staff:

Your hair and makeup staff are the ones that make sure that you look the best you can. Make sure to tip them 15 to 20 percent of their fee.


DJ and Band:

An important rule of thumb when you are tipping you DJ is to give them 10 to 15 percent of the total bill.


Transportation Staff:

Not all couples hire transportation staff but for those who do you need to make sure that you are tipping IF the gratuity is not already included. The average tipping fro transportation staff is 15 to 20 percent of the bill.



The florist does not expect a tip, but if you are feeling like they went above and beyond a common tip percentage would be 10 to 15 percent.


Wedding Delivery Staff:

It is important to remember the people that are transporting the important wedding related items (when they are not family). Doing this is definitely a hard job. For those who are delivering items like floral arrangements, cakes, rentals, etc should be tipped $5 to $20 per person.



This is one of the most important jobs at the wedding reception. These guys keep the drinks flowing make sure to keep their tips flowing as well. The tipping percentage should 10 to 15 percent of the total tab.


Parking Attendants:

Tipping you parking attendants can vary on a venue to venue basis. Some require the gratuity to be added already onto the bill. For those who don’t the common amount that you should be tipping is $1 to $2 per car. Guests should be permitted to not tip the parking attendants since you will be handling that.

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